In the final installment of the original Rocky series we find the former title holder, now in his late fifties, widowed and running a restaurant – living in the past and struggling to maintain relationships with family and friends. Lured back into the ring to face the reigning heavyweight champ, who finds himself unpopular despite being undefeated, in a charity match. Whilst rebuilding bridges and rediscovering himself, can an aging, arthritic Rocky get back under the lights and prove himself one more time?Continue reading Fight Quality Film Review – Rocky Balboa (2006)
Three years after the first Creed film Adonis (Michael B Jordan) finally reaches his goal; winning the same belt that his father, Apollo, and trainer, Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) held before him. However, whilst balancing his personal life with struggles around not feeling like he belongs, an opponent comes out of the industrial landscape of the Ukraine to challenge for the belt and redeem his family’s name – Viktor Drago, the infamous Ivan Drago’s son.Continue reading Film Review – Creed 2 (2018)
This chapter in the Rocky saga (you can find the previous Rocky films we’ve reviewed here) sees The Italian Stallion take a different role. Suffering with a brain injury from the beating he took at the hands of Ivan Drago in the last film Rocky has to officially retire from fighting, but finding his money has been squandered he reopens Mickey’s gym and starts training fighters.
The next instalment of the Rocky franchise sees the champ still holding the belt and a new challenger rising – Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren).
Rocky 3 finds the champ at the top of his game, with 10 successful defences of his title behind him he’s fighting exhibitions against wrestlers, starring in TV ads and unveiling statues of himself.
Having successfully survived till the final bell against Apollo Creed in the first film (which we previously reviewed) Rocky Balboa is trying to enjoy life with his family and move away from boxing, believing he has no future as a fighter.
Rocky is the boxing film. The original and many argue the greatest, it’s about a low level boxer being picked by the undefeated champ for a title shot. Everyone expects him to lose, even Rocky expects to lose. But if he can make it through to the final bell he’ll be the first person to go the distance with Apollo Creed, proving he’s not just ‘a bum from the neighbourhood’.
The latest revival of a classic boxing series, Creed is a new take on the Rocky franchise and has been widely agreed to be the best Rocky film for years.